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President Patrick Deane was installed as McMaster’s seventh president at Fall Convocation. See page 6.

The Marquee Magazine collection held by the Library is part of a remarkable array of materials. See page 15.


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Touching History

The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections holds a treasure trove of material. You never know what you might find.

Mick Bhatia’92 and his team at the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute discovered how to make human blood from adult human skin. See page 9.



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Science Mash-up

McMaster’s groundbreaking iSci program is a hotbed of innovative approaches being used to teach science in a new way.



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A Legacy of Leadership


Roger Trull ’79, McMaster’s vice-president of University Ad-

vancement, is retiring after 18 years leading the country’s best team of alumni, development, public and government relations advancement services and donor relations professionals.


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Letters to the Editor I was looking through the Fall 2010 issue and noted that, with the exception of the Hong Kong alumni photo, every other photo in the magazine featured a Caucasian person. I found this unusual. Although the magazine highlights faculty, staff, and student achievements without regard to ethnicity, the accompanying images were of only one ethnicity. As a magazine that is geared towards the alumni, I would have imagined it would reflect the diversity I see on campus in the images it presents. I hope you will consider this for future issues. Hsien Seow Hamilton, Ontario As an employee, I get a copy of the McMaster Times every season...I can only imagine the amount of resources and raw materials that go into its production. I cringe each time I discard an issue, thinking of the grander ecological consequences of each batch of printing. While the issues could potentially be recycled, that is the last of the three Rs. The first is to reduce. Chris Skrzek Hamilton, Ontario

Publisher Andrea Farquhar

Editor Shelly Easton

Art Director JD Howell ’04 Contributors David Adames ’92, Patrick Deane, Michelle Donovan, Ted Flett ‘00, Karen McQuigge ‘90, Pat Morden, Erin O’Neil ‘08, Matt Terry ‘09 Advertising Sales Sandra Rodwell Office of Public Relations 905-525-9140 ext. 24073 Officers, Alumni Association David Adames ’92, president; Rebecca Bentham ‘02, past-president; Bill McLean ’90, first vice-president; Mark Stewart ‘06, second vicepresident; Don Bridgman ‘78, financial advisor; Jennifer Kleven ’90, executive councillor; Candy Hui ‘04, executive councillor; Sean Baker ‘09, executive councillor


Representatives to the University Senate Ian Cowan ‘71,‘76; Suzanne Craven ’73; Maureen Harmer ’66; Dennis Souder ’70




Representatives to the University Board of Governors Brian Bidulka ’87; Quentin Broad ’86; Lauren Cuddy ’80; David Lazzarato ’79; Howard Shearer ’77




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On the Cover It is a common adage that we must know our past to better understand our future. When it comes to finding the nuggets that inform that understanding, McMaster’s Library archives and research collections are veritable gold mines. The University’s rich and diverse collections are integral to advancing the intellectual inquiry that is a signature of the McMaster experience. Go to page 12 to read more about these valuable resources.


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JD Howell

McMaster alumni all have one thing in common. Each person has graduated from the University. But exactly what that experience entailed varies from program to program and from decade to decade. Our graduands this spring grew up with technology that was science fiction for previous generations. Fields of study such as neuroscience and nanotechnology are still relatively new, and the benefits of experiential learning weren’t options for students who graduated in the 1940s. The ability of a university to create and accept change is a fundamental determinant of its success. Fortunately for all of us, McMaster has a history of not only embracing but also encouraging change, which gives the University a tremendous advantage. We are at a crossroads. Students and what they want from a university education are evolving as their aspirations reflect the needs and opportunities modern society presents. New knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate. The need to create sustainable and effective university systems that enhance quality within the province’s fiscal realities is perhaps the most pressing driver for new approaches. I believe we are at a critical juncture in undergraduate education and that now is the time to be bold in reinterpreting how best to develop and deliver a new way of teaching and learning.

McMaster is well placed to be a leader in this evolution. We have a tradition of doing things differently and have been recognized for many years as a national leader in problem-based learning and transdisciplinary studies. Our new Integrated Science program, known as iSci, featured on page 16, is a stellar example of what can be done. But even with these approaches within a growing number of programs and courses at McMaster, too many programs continue to rely on pedagogy that dates from the mid-20th century. This challenge is facing universities around the world. In some ways, the “sage on the stage” approach appears to be the only solution. In Ontario, government spending on postsecondary education has increased but so too has the number of students entering the system. In many cases this has reinforced the traditional approach of a professor standing in front of a class, the size of which keeps expanding. This pattern is fiscally unsustainable and does not provide enough options to increase the quality of the university experience students receive. As nostalgia and fatalism are not options, we are left with the challenging but what I believe is an invigorating opportunity to reassemble the building blocks of undergraduate education. I have hosted a number of forums on campus over the past few months on themes such as undergraduate learning,

the University’s role in the community, and internationalism. The engagement of the many faculty, students and staff who have attended has reinforced my belief that McMaster has the people, the expertise and the will that are needed for the University to be the centre of this transformation. My task for this spring is to take the many suggestions, ideas and concerns emanating from the forum discussions and to meld them into a report on the priorities that will help to shape McMaster’s strategic direction. I look forward to sharing this report with alumni and to hearing your thoughts on your University’s future. Sincerely,

Patrick Deane, President McMaster University *Last month we announced Mary Williams’ appointment as our new vice-president, University Advancement. Mary is an outstanding advancement leader and is well known to many of our alumni. Please be sure to read Meet McMaster on page 10 to hear her thoughts on the University and the role alumni play in the McMaster family.




The opening ceremony honoured seven “guardians of indigenous knowledge” who have pledged to help interpret, archive and pass on Hodinohso:ni knowledge. “These are the people who are the real experts,” said Dawn Martin-Hill ‘88,’91 & ‘95, director of the Indigenous Studies program and associate chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Centre. “Through the centre they’ll be able to meet the needs not only of students but of the greater community.” With Martin-Hill’s support, the centre has secured funding to gather Hodinohso:ni documents from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington to create a digital archive.

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McMaster’s new president was formally installed at Fall Convocation, donning new robes provided to him by the McMaster University Alumni Association. In his installation address, President Deane reflected on his experiences as a student during apartheid in South Africa. He urged graduates to embrace “education as integrity,” the idea that members of the University must live to high ethical standards and work toward the betterment of society.


University will benefit from added intelligence to better understand the factors that affect energy consumption in a public campus setting,” said Tony Cupido, assistant vice-president Facility Services. Bill Oliphant of IBM Global Technology noted: “The project with McMaster will make significant contributions towards a better understanding of energy conservation and greenhouse gas reductions, which is knowledge that can be used by all kinds of corporations and institutions as they look for ways to be more environmentally and energy efficient.”

Calculating consumption McMaster is partnering with IBM to create energy-smart buildings on campus. In an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save on operating costs, the University will use IBM technology to analyze information from a variety of activities (heating, cooling, hot water, lighting, running equipment, etc.) in 60 campus buildings and the hospital. “The NEWSLINE What has happened since the last issue...

Indigenous Knowledge Centre launched The Deyohahá:ge Hodinohso:ni Indigenous Knowledge Centre, a collaboration between researchers, elders and faculty at McMaster and Six Nations Polytechnic, has officially opened. SEPT 2010

The Lyons New Media Centre opened in September at Mills Memorial Library. The centre provides an array of services to the McMaster community, including support and consultation for digital media projects, video editing, DVD and podcast production and research. It will also help to explore and promote new media in strengthening teaching, learning and research.

The Lancet’s top paper A research study by Mark Loeb ’97 has been chosen as the 2010 research paper of the year by the prestigious science journal The Lancet. Loeb, who is division director of infectious diseases in the Department of Medicine within the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, studied Alberta’s Hutterite community, investigating the benefits of vaccinating children and adolescents in rural areas against influenza. The study, published in March 2010, found that giving the flu shot to children and adolescents reduced the incidence of influenza by about 60 per cent in individuals who did not receive the vaccine. Three other McMaster studies were among the six papers nominated as the international journal’s top paper, as voted by readers. OCT 2010

The Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University has awarded the Dundurn Press its inaugural prize of $10,000 to support the publication of books devoted to Canadian history. Founded in 1972, the Dundurn Press has published a distinguished collection of biographies, natural histories, art histories, and books about Canadian military, political and social history. The Wilson Prize is named for McMaster’s chancellor, L.R. (Red) Wilson, who is a major supporter of Canadian history.


CANMET comes to McMaster The Government of Canada has opened the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory (CANMET-MTL), the first new building at McMaster Innovation Park. The $57-million complex will provide key technology and innovation support to the mineral and metal manufacturing industry in southwestern Ontario and across the country. It will become home to 110 federal employees, most of them scientists and technicians. “CANMET’s move to McMaster Innovation Park represents a huge boost for Hamilton’s economic development and prosperity,” said President Patrick Deane. “Not only will this help to keep Canada’s industries competitive on the global scale, it will ensure that we attract and train the best students and researchers.” Energy experts from Natural Resources Canada’s CanmetENERGY were involved in the design of the new building, which will be considered for certification at the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum level in late 2011.

Students and researchers in the fields of geology and biostatistics will benefit from two major gifts to McMaster. Susan Cunningham ‘79, a senior vice-president for Texas-based Noble Energy, made a $1-million gift to create the Cunningham Chair in Geology. The candidate will lead research in sedimentary geolNOV 2010

How does McMaster rank? Near the top, every time. Mac is one of only four Canadian universities in the top 100 world ranking, and has also earned top marks from Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail University Report, Research Infosource and the QS World University Report.


Gifts support geology, biostatistics

Mills Memorial Library celebrates its 60th anniversary this spring. The building was funded entirely by a donation from the Davella Mills Foundation, made in memory of David and Ella Mills. There will be special tours of the library offered during Alumni Weekend, June 2-4.

ogy and help build the program by attracting top notch students and faculty. “Whether it’s oil or gas exploration, mineral and other natural resources, climate issues or protecting and reclaiming the environment, we need to understand the Earth’s composition and history, and the impact that humans are having on the planet,” Cunningham said. The estate of Marjorie Cameron Foucar made a gift of $2.5 million to create a chair in Foucar’s father’s honour. The John D. Cameron Chair in Genetic Determinants of Chronic Diseases will be held by professor Joseph Beyene, of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics. His research focuses on developing statistical methods for integrating genomic, clinical and environmental data. “When we look at the mechanics of a disease like cancer or heart disease, we know there must be a genetic cause,” says Beyene. “But it’s a complex relationship because not everyone who is susceptible will develop the disease.” JAN 2011

Mac was the focus of a segment of CBC’s The National on Jan. 3 as part of the Live Right Now campaign to inspire Canadians to get healthy. Several McMaster participants were challenged to take 10,000 steps a day for six weeks while being monitored by kinesiology professors Gianni Parisi and Kathleen Martin Ginis.

What’s in a name? Ask Lindsay Hamilton (above), a second-year communications and theatre and film studies students who is also a singer, songwriter and television host for Family Channel. “It’s fulfilling to be able to pursue my education and to experience university life,” she says. “I chose McMaster for its strong sense of community.”



AWARDS & HONOURS After being awarded one of eight prestigious Killam Research Fellowships, worth $140,000, McMaster researcher Gerry Wright will dedicate the next two years to an ambitious project in antibiotic resistance, developing strategies to identify leads for novel antibiotics from natural sources. “Antibiotic resistance is an incredibly timely issue right now and a very significant medical problem that is only growing in importance,” said Wright, who is the scientific director of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. Wright will also work to establish CARD: a complete antibiotic resistance database and tracking system for use by researchers, scientists and clinicians. Chemistry professor Gary Schrobilgen ‘74 has received a Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his significant impact in the field of fundamental inorganic fluorine chemistry. Fluorine compounds are needed for nuclear power generation, photovoltaic and semiconductor materials, refrigerants, advanced optics, medical imaging and microelectronics. The award, granted by Germany’s Alexander von Humbolt Foundation, is valued at $90,000 and winners are invited to spend up to one year cooperating on long-term research projects with colleagues in Germany. Schrobilgen will hold his award at the Universities of Freiburg and Göttingen.

The McMaster chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has been named the 2010 Chapter of the Year by the national organization. McMaster was selected based on its membership growth and the introduction of


several innovative projects supporting international development and sustainability efforts. It is the first time McMaster has received this recognition. Last year, it was acknowledged as Most Improved Chapter by EWB Canada. McMaster has approximately 65 active members in its chapter, comparable to many of the larger Canadian universities. Chemical engineering professor Todd Hoare ‘06 has been awarded the Polanyi Prize in chemistry by the Ontario government. Hoare’s research focuses on the development of gel-based nanoparticles for the delivery of drugs. His group is currently developing a biodegradable, microgel-based system that can be injected into the body as a liquid and ‘sets’ as a hydrogel. The system can then be triggered to release medication when required, creating on-demand, patient-regulated treatment. “As more stress is placed on the health system, technologies such as these will become much more important because they’ll allow patients to control their own treatment,” Hoare said. The Polanyi Prizes were established in 1987 to honour the achievements of John Charles Polanyi, recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Biology professor Chris Wood received the lifetime achievement award for mentoring in science, awarded by the publication Nature. Wood has published more than 500 papers and been cited more than 16,000 times. But it was his 34 years of mentoring graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that was recognized with this award. “Chris’s greatest attribute is his enthusiasm, which alone generates excitement, interest and energy in the lab,” said Derek Alsop, one of Wood’s post-doctoral fellows. “He always takes the time to teach, to listen, and to guide each person who works in his lab.” Wood’s research focuses on fish physiology, aquatic toxicology and environmental regulations. Economist Phil DeCicca was recently named a Canada Research Chair in Public Economics to continue his studies into the economics of smoking and the effectiveness of

cigarette tax policy. DeCicca has found that most people don’t quit smoking when higher taxes are added to the cost of cigarettes. He is also looking at tax avoidance behaviours, such as smuggling, cross-boarder shopping and “smoke shack” purchasing. DeCicca is a previous Polanyi Prize winner. Dawn Bowdish, professor of pathology and molecular medicine, recently received a $100,000 Young Investigator Grant from Pfizer Canada to explore why the elderly are at increased risk of pneumonia and why a co-infection with the influenza virus is particularly dangerous. The funding will also allow Bowdish to test a novel therapy using an antibiotic delivered intra-nasally. Students Shabob Hosseinpour and Prateek Gupta were recently accepted into The Next 36, a national program designed to launch the entrepreneurial careers of 36 of Canada’s most talented undergraduates. Hosseinpour, a health sciences student at McMaster, and three other university students have been given $50,000 and guidance from some of Canada’s top business leaders to develop a mobile application for smart phones. “We’re treating our app development like a science experiment,” says Hosseinpour. “But instead of experimenting on fruit flies, which are simple to work with and can be easily manipulated, we’re using a mobile application, which shares some of the same attributes.” Gupta, a student in the Integrated Science Program (see feature story, page 16), will also work in a team of four students to develop a mobile application. Gupta is one of only two science students to be selected in a nationwide search. “I’m really excited,” he says. “This is a great opportunity for me to bring my passion for science to the field of business.”

RESEARCH NEWS Texting health Michael Mak, a third-year health sciences student, has seen the devastating effects of diabetes on patients in indigenous communities. To combat a frustrating lack of internet connectivity in those areas, Mak has developed a cell technology system to help health care workers communicate with patients. Workers use text messages to send reminders and health tips to patients. Mak’s idea made him the first McMaster student to win the Agfa HealthCare Innovation Challenge.

Rich getting richer

Turning a breech (feet-first) baby earlier in pregnancy results in fewer babies being born in the breech position but doesn’t decrease the chance of a caesarean birth, an international study led by McMaster researchers has found. The manual procedure to turn the baby is usually performed between 37 and 42 weeks gestation. The study, involving 1,500 women in 21 countries, looked at whether turning a baby at 34 to 35 weeks would improve outcomes. It followed a study by Eileen Hutton, assistant dean of the midwifery education program, which showed that turning babies earlier was about 10 per cent more successful.

Detecting weapons A team at McMaster is developing a device that uses microwave radar and electromagnetic pulses to detect weapons without the privacy concerns or cost of full-body scanners. The team, led by engineering professor Natalia Nikolova, is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The new technology could be used in many locations including airports, schools, stadiums and transit hubs. The team is also looking at whether the system could be used to detect plastic explosives.

Papering over infection Looking into ancient coins An innovative partnership between archeology, medical physics and applied radiation sciences is revealing new information about ancient Roman and Greek trade patterns. Twenty coins from the Bruce Brace Coin Collection at McMaster have been analyzed using advanced techniques such as x-ray fluorescence and a proton microprobe to determine what metals are present in the coins. Archeologist Spencer Pope can then determine where they were minted and how widely they may have circulated.

The dangers of growth A new study by geography and earth sciences professor Niko Yiannakoulias suggests that rapid urban growth may lead to greater risks for children, who are more likely to be struck and severely injured by automobiles. The study, published in Injury Prevention, was based on data collected in emergency departments in Edmonton between 1996 and 2007. Child pedestrian injury declined slightly, but cases of severe injuries rose in low income areas, especially among girls.

The NSERC-Sentinel Bioactive Paper Strategic Network, led by McMaster University, is developing paper that could be used to detect and ward off life-threatening bacteria and viruses. The paper is chemically or biologically treated to provide fast, easy and inexpensive detection of pathogens or toxins in food, water and air. The network received significant funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Preventing Stroke McMaster researchers have found a better way to prevent stroke in people with irregular heartbeats. They have established that the new drug apixaban, currently under regulatory review, is better than aspirin in reducing stroke in those with atrial fibrillation. According to principal investigator Stuart Conolly, professor of medicine, apixaban could vastly improve the quality of life for many patients. “Patients with a stroke who have atrial fibrillation and cannot take warfarin are at particularly high risk of recurrent stroke,” he says. “It is great to know that we now have a drug that can reduce recurrent strokes substantially in these patients.”

Skin to blood McMaster researchers have announced an exciting discovery, publishing their findings in the journal Nature. They have developed a way to make human blood cells from adult human skin. The discovery could mean that people undergoing surgery, cancer treatment or treatment for other blood conditions could have blood for transfusions made from a patch of their own skin. Clinical trials could begin as early as 2012. The new process does not involve the middle step of changing a skin stem cell into a “pluripotent stem cell,” and then turning it into a blood stem cell. “We have shown this works using human skin,” said Mick Bhatia ‘92, scientific director of McMaster’s Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine. “We know how it works and believe we can even improve on the process. We’ll now go on to work on developing other types of human cell types from skin, as we already have encouraging evidence.” John Kelton, a hematologist and dean and vice-president of health sciences, said he found the discovery personally gratifying because of his long experience of treating cancer patients with bone marrow transplants. “For all physicians, but especially for the patients and their families, the illness became more frustrating when we were prevented from giving a bone marrow transplant because we could not find a perfect donor match.” Kelton said this discovery could permit doctors to help this important group of patients.


Data analysis by McMaster economist Mike Veall suggests that Canada’s richest people continue to get richer at a much faster rate. A report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives noted that the top one per cent of Canadians earn at least $169,000, with about 67 per cent of income in wages. The last time Canada’s elite held so much of the nation’s income was in the 1920s. Median incomes remained stagnant.

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DEEP ROOTS As an undergraduate, Mary Williams ’87 received an entrance scholarship, worked with legendary mentors in her program and was engaged in residence and student life. She’s always been inspired by that experience, as alumni advancement director, and for the past 13 years as University Advancement’s associate vice-president. In her new role as vice-president of University Advancement, she’ll continue to focus on helping ensure that McMaster has the resources to fulfil the academic mission and vision and maintains its excellent reputation. 10

Why did you choose McMaster? I wanted to go into the physical education area, and I really thought I wanted to go away from home. When I got into residence at McMaster and I received a student award the decision was made: the opportunity to live away from home (but down the street from home), which was an important part of my undergraduate experience, and the student award. Those were pivotal pieces, as was the reputation of McMaster’s program. I had the best of all those worlds. And I loved the fact that I could bring my friends home for dinner. Who were your favourite professors? We had so many great mentors in the program. Mary Keyes led the undergraduate and the athletics programs when I started and she was a great mentor. Mark Tarnopolsky ‘85, ‘88, ‘91 & ‘96, who has had a tremendous career as a physician and researcher, was my first-year anatomy tutor. What a privilege to have someone like him leading us in the lab. I remember Bill Fowler who took over from Mary Keyes as program chair. We had such an impressive cadre of profes-

sors. The program was filled with people of such high calibre. We also had the privilege of having only 100 students in the program. What are the significant changes you have observed since you started working in alumni relations? After I graduated I was recruited to work at the alumni office when there were only four of us. We were a small but mighty team. We had a good strong foundation yet our activities exploded during that time. It was a really fun time to be part of the program yet so much has changed over the years in how we need to keep alumni engaged in the institution. If you graduated in the 50s and 60s you pretty much knew everyone on campus. As the University started to grow through the 70s and the 80s, the way people connected changed dramatically. Alumni maybe didn’t think of themselves as a member of, in my case, the Class of 1987. I was connected to the program I was in, the residence I lived in, the team with which I was involved. Our alumni program was evolving and we had to try and connect to people in a way that suited them.

“One of the best aspects about this opportunity is that it’s my university.”

Do you think we’ll be seeing more involvement from alumni? I think we’re really lucky that we have pretty substantial alumni involvement. Our goal is always to find a way for people to be involved with the University in the way that what works for them regardless of their stage of life.

As you take on your new role on May 1, what, in broad terms, is your vision? Our job is to help develop the University’s reputation and resources and build tremendous relationships. My goal is to help support all of those elements. We need to continue to build on being the best, to help the academic leadership achieve its mission through increased philanthropic support and continue to create strong ties with the McMaster community. We will contribute in any way we can to ensure McMaster retains its position as one of the Top 100 universities in the world. When I came here, McMaster was a great regional university. Now it is an international calibre institution as well as a great regional university. One of the best aspects about this opportunity is that it’s my university. And I am excited about leading a terrific team of professionals as we work together to build support for an institution that I am so proud to call my own. It’s really come full circle. I had great professors. I saw what it means to be a recipient of a student award, to live in residence, to be part


JD Howell

What role do alumni play in the McMastercommunity? Alumni play a pivotal role in helping to support the institution, and that support comes in many different ways: alumni talking about the importance of post-secondary education, taking the message of the University out to the broader community, being our advocates, helping us desgin the best programs, supporting students through mentoring and their very important financial support. Under the leadership of the Alumni Association I think there’s a huge opportunity for alumni to get involved. I’m looking forward to working with Patrick Deane who is deeply committed to the importance of our alumni and understands the critical role that they play at our University. Alumni are an essential part of the makeup of the place.

of a school team. All those things that are fundamental to wanting to make the University a better place. People like Les Prince ‘90 (honorary), Mary Keyes and Rudy Heinzl tried to instil that sense of pride and service and that is part of my responsibility as well. I’ve witnessed the growth in the research enterprise here and the way McMaster graduates can have an impact on important issues. The alumni population has increased so dramatically that when you start looking at the different ways that McMaster graduates touch not only our local community, but communities worldwide, it’s something that creates tremendous pride. And I am grateful for the strong role model I have had the privilege to serve under. Roger Trull has been an amazing vice-president. He has an outstanding commitment to the University Advancement team and it is his exceptional leadership that has propelled us to be the best advancement shop in the country. His impact will be felt for many years to come.



JD Howell

McMaster houses an extraordinary collection of original records and rare books, ranging from Second World War trench maps and letters from Nazi concentration camps, to the personal papers of writers like Pierre Berton, Marion Engel, Margaret Laurence and Leslie McFarlane. a dramatic story behind it, but many do. And the archives itself is a remarkable story. The facility, located on the lower level of Mills Memorial Library, was first developed under the guidance of William Ready, the University librarian from 1966 to 1979. Ready came with excellent credentials: as a librarian at Marquette University in Milwaukee he helped acquire the archives of a (then) little known British fantasy writer by the name of J.R.R. Tolkein. He came to McMaster as the University was expanding and developing a

“The collections represent McMaster’s growing international reputation.”

strong research focus. Says Trzeciak, “Ready and Graham R. Hill, his successor, sought out collections that were international in scope. The collections represent McMaster’s growing international reputation as an institution of innovation and excellence.” The most important acquisition under Ready was the archives of British philosopher Bertrand Russell. Acquired at auction in 1967, the Russell papers immediately put McMaster on the map. Other acquisitions followed, including the J. Barry Brown collection of 8,000 antiquarian books, the archives of major Canadian publishers, popular writers such as Pierre Berton, Farley Mowat and Peter Newman, and Vera Brittain, author of the heartrending First World War memoir, Testament of Youth. Many of the collections were purchased through antiquarian booksellers and other sources, using a generous acquisitions budget. But as times got leaner, the archives came to

Left: The Library’s Marquee Magazine collection has materials spanning from 1975 to 2000.

rely more and more on donations. Says Spadoni, “My job has been to acquire the best materials out there by convincing the owners that McMaster is the best place to donate their materials. It’s all about building relationships and establishing trust.” Spadoni and his colleagues have been successful. In recent years a number of significant collections have arrived at the archives, primarily by way of donation. Today, the collection includes a diverse range of materials in Canadian literature and publishing, music, Canadian social history and politics, business and advertising, labour, student organizations, popular culture, the West Indies, peace and war, Judaica and the Holocaust. Last year the University acquired the archives of Terry Fallis ’83, whose book, The Best Laid Plans, recently won the Canada Reads contest. The archives of the late Hamiltonian Jackie Washington ’03 (honorary), a jazz and blues musician who worked with the likes of Duke Ellington, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot, is now at McMaster too. The University also holds the papers of novelist Stephen Reid, whose story is stranger than fiction. A member of the Stopwatch Gang, which robbed some 140 banks during the 1970s, he started writing books while serving a 20-year sentence at Kingston Penitentiary. He sent his first manuscript to poet Susan Musgrave. They later married and lived together on Vancouver Island. In June 1999 he was again arrested for bank robbery, and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Musgrave’s papers are also at McMaster. Perhaps surprisingly, the University has strong collections relating to the West Indies, including the archives of award-winning Canadian author Austin Clarke, who was born in Barbados. Most recently, the archives of



Research collections director Carl Spadoni ’72 remembers the day that a man walked into the William Ready Division of Archives reading room and said he wanted to see his father’s archives. Before the man could say his father’s name, Spadoni said, “You’re Brian McFarlane, aren’t you?” The man was surprised, but perhaps he shouldn’t have been. After all, Spadoni had often heard his voice as a commentator on Hockey Night in Canada. He knew that Brian was the son of Leslie McFarlane, one of the original authors of the Hardy Boys series, and that the University had purchased some of the elder McFarlane’s papers in the 1970s. The successful series of children’s books was written by an army of ghost writers under the name Franklin W. Dixon. Leslie wrote the first 16 books and several others, and is credited for creating the style and characters that made the Hardy Boys so popular. That meeting led to others. Brian McFarlane, who himself wrote 75 books on hockey, donated a portion of his own archives. Then one day Spadoni got an urgent phone call. Brian’s street in Toronto had been flooded and his house was under water. “You better come,” he said to Spadoni. “It’s time to give you my father’s diaries.” Spadoni found the precious books on the steps of the house and more material was stored under a tarpaulin. Later, Brian’s sister, Nora McFarlane Perez, donated her father’s letters and photographs. When the story of the Leslie McFarlane archives was released by the University, it struck a chord. Spadoni and University librarian Jeff Trzeciak were deluged with calls. Spadoni completed more than 15 interviews in the first couple days. Not every collection in the archives has such

TOUCHING HISTORY Above: Troopers of the Essex Scottish Regiment of Windsor stage an impromptu boxing match during summer encampment in 1939 at Pinehill, Ontario (from a collection donated by the Hamilton Spectator). Below: Students explore the archive catalogue with research collections director Carl Spadoni (centre).

ise Bennet-Coverley were added. “Miss Lou,” as she was known, was a Jamaican activist and poet, famous for writing in dialect to capture the voice of her people. McMaster also has an exceptional collection of Second World War Resistance, Holocaust and propaganda documents, including thousands of letters written by concentration camps prisoners. “The letters were sometimes used by Nazis to track down enemies of the Third Reich,” says Trzeciak. “People in the camps were encouraged to write home to their relatives so that they could get the addresses. We have multiple letters from the same individual, which is rare because most people didn’t survive long in the camps.” Spadoni recently acquired 6,000 stunning Second World War photos owned by the Hamilton Spectator. After seeing an article


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with some of the images, he contacted the newspaper, which happily agreed to donate them to the archives. Not all archival material is on paper, and McMaster has several significant collections in other media. This fall the University Library will be unveiling the archives of a major international advertising company. The company’s records consist of 10,000 job files documenting the creation of 50,000 30-second radio and television commercials. The Marquee Magazine collection includes materials relating to movies released during

the last 25 years of the 20th century. “These collections are a lot of fun because there’s a very audio, visual element,” says Trzeciak. “In some ways, they represent our future.” So does the drive to digitize many of the holdings. Publishers are currently digitizing the Holocaust and World War One materials, and the library has created a website, Peace and War in the 20th Century, that presents diaries, letters, photographs, posters and other documents through a series of thematic modules. Portions of the Bertrand Russell and Canadian publishing holdings have also been

The Literary Farmer One of Carl Spadoni’s favourite finds is a collection of diaries created by Edward Rubidge Crombie. Crombie was a banker who left the city to settle his family on a farm near Paris, Ontario in 1911. Spadoni got a call about the diaries and at first thought they weren’t appropriate for McMaster. But it was a beautiful summer day and the road beckoned, so he decided to have a look. “It was a courtesy call for me,” he says. “But when I saw the diaries, I was astounded. We were all mesmerized by them.” Although Crombie never made it in the Canadian literary scene, his typed, illustrated diaries are amusing, insightful, poetic, and filled with pithy observations about politics, the local scene, the impact of the war, and the day-to-day realities of farming. Crombie applied for a commission in the Canadian army in 1914, but was considered too old to serve. His halfbrother, Frederick, was killed during the sinking of the Lusitania. Another half brother, Herbert, served in Belgium and France and was twice wounded. Presciently, Crombie created a series of family newsletters, with titles like The Daily Twitter!


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made available online. A recent gift of $2.5 million from the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Foundation will be used to create a stateof-the-art Centre for Digital Scholarship. Spadoni recognizes that digital scholarship is the way of the future, providing researchers around the world with access to precious documents. But at heart he is a collector, with a collector’s passion for touching history. “There’s nothing like seeing the originals,” he says. “You really get that ‘wow’ moment.”





Early in the fall term, most first-year science students attend lectures and labs, read textbooks, and study for quizzes. In one unique program at McMaster, they plan a mission to Mars. Working in groups, students use physics and math to plan the route, chemistry to determine what fuel to use, life sciences to look at the impact of space travel on the human body and search for new forms of life, earth sciences to examine potential landing sites and psychology to counter the effects of isolation. Ultimately, the groups pitch their mission proposals to a panel of faculty members. Mission to Mars is the first project in the University’s Integrated Science program, known as iSci. Other first year projects include Drugs, Diffusion and Biodistribution, which explores the impact of drugs on the body and in the environment, Sustainable Energy, which delves into the best sustainable sources for different geographies, and Finding a Cure for Cancer. “Instead of going by the textbook, this way of learning really forces us to think about the subject,” says second-year iSci student Prateek Gupta. “It’s about taking an issue and applying whatever science perspective best fits the subject. It’s totally open-ended.” And that, when you think about it, is a lot like science itself. Carolyn Eyles, a professor of earth sciences, has been involved with iSci from the beginning and is now program director. “We want students to think and find

out for themselves. We challenge them to develop their skills of inquiry – to ask questions, find information, analyze it and communicate it.” iSci was launched in 2009 and now has two classes of 40 students, one each in first and second year. Eventually there will be 60 students in each of four years. The program was developed over a four-year period at the urging of science dean John Capone’83. Capone is an advocate of the multi-disciplinary, problem-based learning approach pioneered within health sciences at Mac. He was inter-

“Instead of going by the textbook, this way of learning really forces us to think about the subject,” ested in trying a similar silo-busting approach in science. He pulled together a committee made up of interested faculty members from every discipline, staff and students. Says Eyles: “John saw it as a way to create the kind of scientists who would understand and respect the linkages between the sciences, and could use them to address some of the big problems facing society.” The program takes a modular, theme-based approach to curriculum, and uses a self-directed, inquiry mode of learning. In first year

students complete four major projects, working in groups to do research and communicate their findings. “Instead of going to the biology department to learn biology and the math department to learn math, our students are learning all the different science disciplines through their own research into a project,” says Eyles. The small size of the program allows faculty to develop close relationships with students and support them as they learn scientific principles and processes. In second year, the program focuses on key thematic areas such as ecology, thermodynamics, neuroscience, quantum mechanics, the history of the earth, and biochemistry. The students are given more scope to direct their own research, but continue to work in groups and present their findings. They also take electives and have the option of focusing in a specific discipline, essentially completing a double major. There’s no such thing as a typical day in iSci. The learning experience can take the form of a presentation by faculty or guest speakers, a field trip or lab, or a group work session. The program has its own home on the third floor of the Thode Library – a classroom where students sit in groups of four around high-tech workstations, a study space designed to foster group interaction, and faculty offices. The members of the faculty team for iSci are carefully selected for their interest in pedagogy and comfort with working across



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Carolyn Eyles is an award-winning professor in the School of Geography & Earth Sciences and director of the iSci program. disciplines. Two new teaching professors, Chad Harvey and Sarah Symons, were hired to support the project, and Andrew Colgoni, the University’s science fluencies librarian, is also a key member of the team. Symons worked in an integrated science program at the University of Leicester in England before immigrating to Canada. She sees programs like iSci as an important option for students. “They have the choice to pursue all the sciences, to learn research skills, and to experience different learning methods.” she says. “For faculty, iSci means we can spend a little more time thinking about how we’re going to teach things. For both students and faculty, it’s a very challenging environment that allows us all to keep learning and making new discoveries.” Colgoni teaches in the program’s science literacy course. With help from Colgoni and Symons, students learn how to find, read and write scientific articles, how to communicate to peers, funders and the general public, and how to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity and ethics. As part of their projects, students create scientific posters, proposal documents and articles, and make presentations and pitches. The skills are essential to a successful career in research, but Colgoni says they’re also important in a broader context. “There’s a huge disconnect between what scientists are doing and what the public understands they are doing,” says Colgoni. “That’s a problem. Scientists need to do a better job of talking to the public about science.”

It’s early days to judge the success of iSci, but it’s clear that students are embracing the experience. “The number one thing I like about iSci is the people I get to work with,” says first year student Alex Young. “The students and faculty are fantastic.” Young says group work is ideal preparation for his future as a researcher or physician. “Some people would like to have a little lab where they can work all by themselves, but that’s not going to happen. This is preparing us to work with other people in any field of science, which is perfect.” Prateek Gupta values the opportunity to

learn research methods early in his career. “We’re learning how to set an experiment up, conduct it, perform statistical analysis, write a scientific paper and cross-reference our results.” He adds: “It’s not just the content that matters with iSci – it’s the ability to think critically and with ingenuity.” Fellow second year student Julianne Bagg agrees. She says the program has opened her eyes to the truly integrated nature of science. “To tackle a big issue in science you must have background knowledge in all disciplines,” she says. “Obviously there’s a little bias in favour of whatever discipline you concentrate in, but you need to come at problems from many perspectives.” Bagg is taking integration to another level by combining iSci with a concentration in earth sciences and courses in archeology. So what happens after iSci? Symons has no doubts. “The students we produce are a natural fit with the interdisciplinary problem areas that are exercising our minds in science at the moment. They will go anywhere – to professional schools, grad schools, the public service, education, science management, science communication.” Bagg, Gupta and Young are all contemplating research careers but keeping their options open. “I feel that I’ll have the ability to see where science fits into the bigger picture,” says Gupta. “It really sets me up to be a scientific leader in any field.” Meanwhile, iSci will continue to evolve. Eyles is delighted that the program is attracting interest from other faculties and institutions and she is always happy to share her experience. “This is the way science, and particularly science education, should work,” she says. “This is the way to go.”

Students in the iSci program take notes during a field trip to Cootes Paradise. The iSci program uses field trips each semester to challenge students to think about field work and the local environment.


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A TIME TO CELEBRATE It’s that time again: Convocation. Hundreds of giddy students in black gowns marching across the stage. It marks the formal completion of a degree from McMaster, a ritual that, for some, means the end of their careers as students. Twice a year it is customary for graduates, families and friends to hear wisdom and advice from our chancellor, honorary degree recipients and valedictorians. Sometimes there is a special occasion, as was the case last November when we installed President Patrick Deane. Each ceremony is unique, but the tradition is always a celebration - of our graduates who’ve become alumni, the McMaster community and the fulfillment of the promise of higher education. Do you have fond memories of Convocation? Did you hear words of wisdom that stayed with you, see a memorable performance or share a few laughs? Send us your Convocation memories and stories:



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1. A procession of graduands from the Class of 1950, with the construction site of Mills Memorial Library in the background. 2. Comedian Martin Short ’01 delivers the Convocation address. 3. Canadian author Margaret Atwood ’96 addresses McMaster graduands. 4. Do you remember ballet dancers Karen Kain ’79 and Frank Augustyn ’79 performing together on stage in 1979? 5. Juno Award and Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Daniel Lanois ’04 received an honorary degree for his contributions to rock music. 6. Dave Thomas ’72, ’09: McMaster alumnus, comedian, and a real hoser. 7. Entertainer Harry Belafonte ’96 honoured by the graduating class.

He’s travelled the globe, meeting alumni from dozens of countries and sharing news from McMaster. He’s worked with six of McMaster’s seven presidents. And he’s led a team that has helped raise millions in support of student scholarships and bursaries, research chairs to attract and retain faculty and leading edge buildings and equipment. Now, after more than a 35-year connection to McMaster that began as a student leader studying political science, Roger Trull’79, is moving to the next phase: retirement – at least for a while. When Trull officially steps down as the vicepresident of University Advancement on April 30 he leaves a legacy that is unsurpassed in the field of university advancement in Canada. For Trull, it is the people who are all part of the McMaster family, especially alumni and volunteers, who have made an indelible impression. “I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet thousands of alumni. The majority tell me they had a life changing experience when they came to McMaster and they talk with great affection about the University and the people and professors who made such a difference to them,” he says. “McMaster has always had the feel of a small, friendly caring place. So many times I’ve heard people say how much they appreciate McMaster and reflect on the outstanding quality of the education they received.” When President Patrick Deane came to McMaster, he knew Trull only by his excellent reputation. “As I became more familiar with the University, I recognized just how remarkable his contributions have been. Under his leadership, the University has built robust relationships with alumni and set a foundation for philanthropy that will serve our community for years to come. Throughout his distinguished career, Roger has led with commitment and vision, transformed the advancement team and helped set the stage for continued growth at his alma mater.” President Emeritus Peter George ‘96 (honorary) says Trull retires leaving a remarkable legacy of achievement. “Roger Trull is the outstanding university advancement professional in Canada. His innovative and determined leadership of our University Advancement portfolio, coupled with his gracious and effortless personal style, have led to an outstanding record of ‘friendraising’ and fundraising success, a strong national and international alumni relations division, and a very creative and effective community and public and government relations branch,” says George. “McMaster would not have its current high profile nationally and internationally without Roger’s leadership in this vitally important portfolio over the past 18 years. The University will miss


Roger Trull retires from his role as vice-president of University Advancement

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his leadership and counsel, but he leaves a strong base of high-performing colleagues and leading-edge programs upon which his successor, Mary Williams, will build for continued growth and success.” Alumni Association president David Adames ‘92 notes that Trull’s ability to focus on the best in people and elicit their support for McMaster is unparalleled. “Roger has an uncanny way of always remembering the importance of the personal connection that students and alumni have with McMaster, and how special the McMaster experience is,” says Adames. “Under his guidance, the alumni program has grown and become truly global. Roger and his team continue to bridge the distance between campus

who were focused on enhancing the student experience. Volunteers like Chancellor Emeritus Mel Hawkrigg ‘59, ‘97 (honorary), Gary Lautens ‘50 and Chancellor Red Wilson ‘62, 95 (honorary) as well as the hundreds of others who have served on committees, fundraising campaigns, Senate, or the Board of Governors and shared their expertise have all been committed to the McMaster family, he said. McMaster’s award-winning advancement team, led by Trull, is also known for its commitment to enhancing the University and is renowned across North America for its integrated approach. Staff in alumni advancement, development, public and government relations, advancement services and stewardship and donor relations work as a cohesive

ing success, however. He helped spearhead a comprehensive review of the McMaster Alumni Association and he secured the former President’s Residence building to serve as Alumni House, providing a powerful symbol of the University’s commitment to alumni programming. “That was a coming of age for our program and a guarantee that the importance of alumni to the fabric of the University would be recognized forever,” he says. He enhanced the image of the University through the expansion of public, community, and government relations activities and established advancement services and stewardship and donor relations as key parts of the advancement strategy. Trull is optimistic about the future. “We’ve

“So many times I’ve heard people say how much they appreciate McMaster and reflect on the outstanding quality of the education they received.” and where our alumni live and work, while creating a greater profile for alumni and their accomplishments.”   A focus on students and their McMaster experience has also been a driving force for Trull, beginning when he served as president of Whidden Hall in the late 1970s. He remembers meeting with Les Prince ‘90 (honorary), then dean of students, after the residence’s fire alarm was pulled and students were forced to evacuate. Staff discovered that several fire alarms were jammed with paper and Prince locked the doors, barring students from returning to their rooms. “My first job was to negotiate with him to let the students back in and work with him on appropriate penalties,” Trull says. “Les Prince became a great mentor to me, as did Sheila Scott, dean of women and Brian Harrison ‘72, dean of men. I was so impressed with their commitment to McMaster and the students.” He observed that same commitment while working for President Arthur Bourns as an undergraduate. Every Sunday he helped at the president’s weekly reception and then he and Bourns would watch the Tiger-Cats on TV. “I had the opportunity to get to know him and his incredible commitment to students. It gave me the opportunity to learn how many smart, caring people there were at the University.” After graduation, Trull worked for the federal government and displayed his entrepreneurial talents as a franchise owner while serving as a volunteer on the McMaster Alumni Association’s board of directors. He returned to McMaster full-time in 1987 as the director of alumni advancement. In 1993, he was appointed to lead University Advancement, a role he has held for the last 18 years. Trull appreciated that it wasn’t just the professors and the senior University leaders

unit to advance relationships and McMaster’s reputation that help the University realize its mission and vision. “One of the things I’m most proud of is the team I’ve been able to build at McMaster,” he says. “These professionals are second to none.” Trull’s contributions to McMaster have been remarkable. He has has guided the growth of the advancement operation from a staff of 33 to a peak of more than 100 during two comprehensive fundraising campaigns. During his leadership, annual revenues from gifts and pledges to the University have risen from $4 million to a high of $43.5 million. Trull has also played a central role in some of the most iconic acts of philanthropy in Canadian history including the largest gift to a Canadian athletics department (a $10-million gift from Ron Joyce ‘98 (honorary) in 2005), the $50-million gift to McMaster’s health sciences in 2007 from David Braley ‘00 (honorary) and the gift of $105 million from Michael G. DeGroote ‘92 (honorary) in 2003, still the largest cash gift in Canadian history. Trull’s impact is not limited to fundrais-

had challenges and we’ve been able to move from being a small, good university in the west end of Hamilton to today, where we’re recognized as an international, renowned institution for excellence in innovation that is the first choice for an ever increasing number of students. We’re consistently ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. It’s an incredible transformation that has been made possible by the strength and vision of the University’s leadership. With Patrick Deane at the helm, I know that success will continue and I’ll be as keen as other alumni on watching our University reach even higher.” Trull, who has made 25 trips to China alone to meet with alumni and friends of the University, is looking forward to “taking a breather.” He plans to travel, enjoy the family cottage, play golf and gradually get back to volunteer work with organizations he’s worked with in the past. The McMaster connection won’t be broken though. Trull met his wife, Janet ‘78, at the University and their three children are all Mac grads. Maroon and grey is in the blood and that’s not going to change.

McMaster’s Evolution Number of alumni increased from 84,000 (1995) to 147,000 (2010) Endowment increased from $66 million (1995) to $460 million (2010) Changing Tomorrow Today campaign - raised $128 million (2002) The Campaign for McMaster University - raised $473 million (2010) Number of alumni volunteers tripled and number of annual alumni events grew from 25 to more than 150 • Creation of the Daily News and on-campus TV studio • • • • •

Roger Trull’s Awards & Honours • • • •

MSU Lifetime Achievement Award - 2011 Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education National Lifetime Achievement Award – 2006 McMaster Alumni Gallery – inducted 2005 Honour M Award – 1979


DAVID ADAMES ‘92, President, Alumni Association


KAREN MCQUIGGE ‘90, Director, Alumni Advancement

ALUMNI DIRECTIONS I read the McMaster News yesterday. If you’re wondering why you haven’t received your copy of the News lately, don’t worry. It hasn’t existed for decades. The issue I read was from 1957. There was an article in this issue about the workings of the Alumni Office. The author was one of my predecessors as alumni director, Doug Allaby ’43. Early in the article, Doug used the word “bailiwick.” He mentioned that the new Alumni Office had running water. He quoted a corporate executive as saying, “Ah nuts!” I thought I was reading a relic. After all, I thought, my job is much different now. In 2011, we constantly adopt and adapt new technologies. The size and demographics of our alumni cohort are changing rapidly. It seems like every month I’m involved in launching new media for communicating with Mac alumni around the world. Things are different now – much different. Then I kept reading. As Doug was writing his column (just like I’m doing now), his team was creating a new 16-page alumni magazine. He described the constant flow of correspondence and record-keeping managed by alumni

staff. He talked with excitement and a little fear about new technologies like the “addressograph” machine and a “graphotype” for making nametags. He described distributing “mimeographed” meeting minutes. Doug and his team were planning reunions, connecting with geographically diverse alumni and managing volunteers. In fact, if you replace Doug’s addressograph, graphotype and mimeograph with YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, very little else has changed. The fundamental nature of the work is the same; many of the activities are almost identical. Computer databases have replaced the file card system and e-mail addresses are more important than postal codes, but it’s clear now more than ever that my work is the direct continuation of the efforts of every previous alumni director. There have been many influential people in the alumni director’s chair since Don Seldon ‘40 was the first to occupy it back in 1946. None of them, however, has had an impact as significant and enduring as Roger Trull ’79. Roger served as the director from 1987 to 1993 when he earned himself a big promotion. From 1993 until this April, Roger has run Mac’s University Advancement operation and was involved in alumni milestones as diverse as the growth of our services and benefits program to the creation of Alumni House. On behalf of the tens of thousands of McMaster alumni who have benefited from Roger’s work, I thank him for the legacy and the big shoes he leaves behind. I wish him all the best in his retirement and assure all of you that we won’t let him escape completely. I expect to find him a suitable volunteer post with the McMaster Alumni Association. Maybe he can show me how to run this silly mimeograph machine.

Working with the tourism industry, I appreciate the impact that tourists can have on the local community, even if they are just passing through. As my year as president of the McMaster Alumni Association draws to a close, I confess to feeling a little touristy in my single year in the role, but I hope my efforts have contributed to our alumni community. In 2010-2011, the MAA has continued to expand and refine its programming, with offerings that keep pace with our rapidly-changing alumni cohort. I am particularly proud of the work the association’s executive has invested in strategic planning and in building even stronger relationships with current McMaster students. The association’s new community service initiative is another exciting new venture that is just in its infancy, but it looks like something that will inspire my personal engagement for the long term. The most enduring change of my year as president, however, is personal rather than organizational. I have enjoyed this year immensely and I found the volunteer work to be tremendously rewarding. If you have any interest at all in volunteering with the Alumni Association, I encourage you to give it a try. You won’t be disappointed. And I can as-

sure you that the collective and individual contributions of McMaster alumni volunteers and philanthropists are vitally important to Mac. A huge part of our success as volunteers depends on the work of the staff who make it so easy for us to connect and give back to McMaster. Personally, I owe a great deal of thanks to the staff in the Office of Alumni Advancement, particularly Karen McQuigge ’90 and AnneMarie Middel ’90 who have been the co-pilots of my MAA presidency. Finally, I want to acknowledge two milestones in the life of McMaster. In November, I had the honour of participating in the installation of the University’s president and vice-chancellor, Patrick Deane. In the months since, I have seen Patrick Deane interact with hundreds of Mac alumni and I have been unfailingly impressed by his approach and character. Mac is in good hands. In April, Roger Trull ’79 retires. You may know Roger personally, either from his days as president of Whidden Hall and then the MSU or from his 24-year career on staff, first as the director of alumni advancement and then as vice-president of University Advancement. All of us involved in the University’s alumni program owe Roger, a former MAA board member himself, a great debt of thanks. Roger’s successor, Mary Williams ’87, is another former alumni director who has proven her abilities and her commitment to McMaster through almost two decades of service. She is perfectly positioned to take our University forward by building on our past success. It has been a tremendous honour to serve as the president of the MAA. Thanks for a great year. I look forward to serving as past-president in 2011-2012 and supporting the new association president as we continue to serve our members and our alma mater.


Alumni Gallery & MAA Awards Congratulations to our 2011 Alumni Gallery Inductees: Walter Booth Engineering ’62 Trained as a mechanical technologist, Walter worked at Stelco for several years before entering McMaster’s Engineering program. Upon graduation Walter joined Timberland Group of Companies where he is now the Chairman. Timberland, based in Woodstock, Ontario, is known worldwide for providing utility equipment and machinery to the hydro, telecommunications, marine and mining industries. Walter is known for his generosity in the McMaster and local community. Stephen Elop Engineering ’86 Stephen has distinguished himself throughout his career as an outstanding, customer focused, hands on executive. He was recently appointed the CEO of Nokia, the first non-Finn to hold the position. Prior to the appointment, he was the president of the Microsoft Business Division and oversaw the Information Worker, Microsoft Business Solutions and Unified Communications Groups. Michael Hayes Health Sciences ’79; Social Sciences ’85; Sciences ’89 Michael is the Director of Health Education and Research, University of Victoria. His research interests involve social geographies of health, and health and public policy. He is Principal Investigator of the Urban Structure, Population Health and Public Policy project, a three-year project aimed at estimating variations in health status throughout the Vancouver Census Metropolitan Area and is a published author on the subject. Kenneth Roberts Humanities ’69 Ken Roberts is the Chief Librarian of the Hamilton Public Library. His hobby is writing. Ken Roberts has taught Public Library Children’s Services at UBC, Children’s Literature at Simon Fraser University and Storytelling/ Puppetry at the University of Lethbridge. He has been Storyteller in Residence for the Vancouver School Board and Games Master for the World Improvisation Championships.

Sandra Stephenson Social Sciences ’78 Sandra is a lawyer at Lazier Hickey practicing in the areas of estates and corporate/ commercial matters. Sandra is presently the Chair of the Board of Hamilton Community Foundation and a Director of Hamilton Health Sciences, the Hamilton Club, and Chedoke Health Corporation. She is also the Past Chair of the Board of St. Peter’s Health System, a Past President of the Hamilton Law Association and a Past President of the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Daniel Stepaniuk Humanities ’92 Dan is the head of the Department of Classical and International Languages at Westdale Secondary School where he teaches Latin and ancient history. Since 1988 he has been a teacher, soldier and a leader in the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry – one of Canada’s oldest reserve units of the Canadian Forces. From June to December 2008, he was deployed to Haiti on the United Nation’s OP MINUSTAH. As the Missions’ Operations Officer, he led the planning efforts when three back-to-back hurricanes struck Haiti causing wide-spread devastation. His work there resulted in a Chief of the Defence Staff Commendation. Bob Williamson Humanitites ’62 Commander Bob Williamson is a retired Hamilton Secondary School Administrator and former Commanding Officer of H.M.C.S Star, Hamilton’s Naval Reserve Division. During his tenure, Hamilton won the National Award for the Most Improved Naval Division in Canada. For almost twenty years since his retirement, Bob has been honing his heritage public speaking skills on topics including Untold Naval War of 1812 and Hamilton’s Sesquicentennial Story. He has retired a number of awards including the Ontario Senior Achievement Award.

Anne-Marie Zajdlik Health Sciences ’90 In 2005, Dr. Anne-Marie Zajdlik founded and now directs the Masai Centre for Local, Regional and Global Health, in response to the growing numbers of HIV/ AIDS patients in the Guelph area. The birth of an HIV negative boy named Masai to two HIV positive parents from Ethiopia in 2003 turned Anne-Marie into an international AIDS activist. In 2005, Anne-Marie launched the Bracelet of Hope campaign which achieved its goal in 2008 of raising $1 million for the fight against the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

THURSDAY, JUNE 2 Alumni Gallery Induction & MAA Awards Dinner 6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony in Convocation Hall, Second Floor, University Hall 7:00 p.m. Awards Dinner in The Donaldson Family Marketplace, McMaster University Student Centre Alumni Gallery nominations are accepted each year by September 1st. Recognize the interesting and accomplished lives of grads you know by nominating them for the Alumni Gallery. For more information, please visit, email: or call 1-888-217-6003

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ALUMNI ALBUM 1950s Michael Madesker ’51, ‘64 was one of two recipients of the 2010 Smithsonian Philatelic Achievement Award for 2010. The award celebrates outstanding lifetime accomplishments in the field of philately, the study of stamps and postal history. Madesker is a fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society London and the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada. He is also a signatory of the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists and is motivated by his passion for youth philately.


tor of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, appointed by Jim Flaherty, federal finance minister. She is principal and vicechancellor of McGill University. Stephen J. J. Letwin ’77 has been appointed president and chief executive officer of IAMGOLD, a gold mining company based in Toronto. He spent more than a decade as a member of the senior leadership team at Enbridge Inc., most recently as executive vice-president, based in Houston. Finley Bakker ’79 was recently appointed as senior resource geologist with Avalon Rare Metals Inc., in B.C.


David Bignell ’79 was recently appointed to the board of governors at Trent University.

Rev. Valerie-Dawn Ruddell Girhiny ’65, ’66, ’75 & ’97 (above) was the guest of honour at the 65th Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games, the largest gathering of the clans in North America. She represented the 2010 Honoured Clan, Clan Ross. Her great-great-great-grandfather was Sir George William Ross, educator, inspector, journalist, education minister and the fifth premier of Ontario.

1970s Carolyn Byrne ’79, ‘82 was recently appointed as dean and CEO, University of Calgary – Qatar. Heather Munroe-Blum ’74, ’07 (honorary) has been named direc-


Irene (Fréel) Stefan ‘79 lives in France and works at the International Telecommunications Union, a specialized agency of the United Nations in Geneva. Her husband works for the World Trade Organization. The couple has made several trips to Africa and enjoy the international culture of working for the UN. Their daughter has completed her B.Sc. at University of Toronto and will be going on to graduate studies.

1980s Vincenzo Di Nicola ‘81, professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal and chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, completed the mastery certificate in global mental health with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma and is pursuing interdisciplinary doctoral studies in the philosophy of trauma at the European Graduate School. Leah Morris ‘83 has received two awards this year for her work in adult literacy. The Hamilton Literacy Council selected her to

Alumnus receives high honour from President of Italy The President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, has appointed Professor Konrad Eisenbichler ’73 and ’74 a commendatore (knight commander) in the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy. Founded in 1951 to replace several previous honours for merit awarded by the Kingdom of Italy, the O.M.R.I. is the first and highest of the various orders of knighthood of the Republic of Italy. It is headed by the president of the Republic and is awarded in five degrees, of which commendatore is the third or middle degree (comparable to the rank of officer in the Order of Canada or commander in the Order of the British Empire). Eisenbichler received the distinction in recognition of his scholarship in Italian studies and his work for the advancement of Italian culture in general.

receive the 2010 Kim Brooks Memorial Award, which recognizes exceptional dedication and contributions to the cause of literacy. She also received the Ontario 2010 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Julia Alleyne ’83, ‘87 was named chief medical officer by the Canadian Olympic Team for the 2012 Games in London. Alleyne will lead the Canadian team’s overall health and science services. She is medical director of Sport CARE at Toronto Women’s College Hospital and has served on the health and science teams for previous Olympic Games. Terry Fallis ’83 has won CBC Radio’s 10th annual Canada Reads competition for his novel of political satire, The Best Laid Plans. The book now holds the distinction of being “the most essential Canadian novel of the

past decade.” Fallis graduated from the Faculty of Engineering and owns a public relations firm in Toronto. David Dobson ’86 was recently appointed as executive vicepresident with CA Technologies in New York. Linda Francis ’86 was awarded the Outstanding Contributions Award 2010 for the Oshawa Campus of triOS College. As an instructor she delivers a wide variety of courses, authors the campus newsletter, and leads the book club as well as various writing seminars. She looks forward to continuing her world travelling and publishing her own work. Douglas Gourlay ’86 was honoured by his physician peers as one of the select recipients of the QuantiaMD Community Choice Award. Gourlay is direc-

tor of the Pain and Chemical Dependency Division of the Wasser Pain Management Centre at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and is clinical director of laboratory services at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Debra Inglis ’88, ’95 was elected the first Grape Queen, kicking off the Grape and Wine Festival in St. Catharines this past fall. She is currently director of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute at Brock University.

dition to her position as feature writer for ELLE Canada, where she writes about film and television, pop culture, women’s health and fashion trends. Michelle Richter ’92, ’94 received her doctorate in criminal justice administration from Sam Houston State University on Dec. 18, 2010. She has subsequently been promoted to assistant professor at St Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.

Patricia Cavanagh ‘89 was appointed clinical chief, outreach and community care for the CAMH Schizophrenia program in Toronto. In this role Cavanagh will lead the development of community-oriented outpatient services at the Queen Street satellite clinics.

Sarah Kimball ’91 is the new senior financial analyst-operations at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She will be working directly with clinical departments on their budgeting and planning as well as providing accounting and financial analysis support. Douglas McCuaig ’91 was recently appointed as president of CGI Group Inc in Toronto. Amber Nasrulla ‘92 recently became the Los Angeles correspondent for Chatelaine magazine, contracted to write cover features on celebrities. This beat is in ad-

Damian Holsinger ‘99 and his wife Natalie welcomed their new Dawn Martens ‘96 was a recipient of the 2010 prestigious Ruby Award from Opera Canada. Martens received her award based on her work as music teacher at Buchanan Park Public School where for 16 years she has developed an opera program that involves the entire student body. The proceeds from the annual, fully staged opera production go to the McMaster University Medical Centre. To date, more than $40,000 has been raised for work in childhood cancer. Cheryl Dickson-Neal ’97 released her debut CD, which is available on iTunes or through Mohamed Mahgoub ’97 is the new program coordinator of the Concrete Industry Management program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and was recognized in Concrete International, the widely known magazine of the American Concrete Institute.

daughter, Emmalise, born on Jan. 6, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

2000s Joanna Mallia ‘01 and Anthony Manganiello ‘99 welcomed their first child Sophia Joan on Dec. 29, 2010. Sophia was born at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Steven Burns ’01 would like to announce the birth of his daughter, Elizabeth Mary Rose, born Dec. 3, 2010. She is a new sister for his son Jonathan. Michael Picheca ’02, ’09 married Annie Poirier on Oct. 30, 2010. Ryan Sleik ‘03 and Joanna (Gorny) Sleik ‘05 welcomed their first daughter, Ruby Grace, on Sept. 3, 2010. The Sleiks both work as physiotherapists in Cranbrook, B.C. Allen Ho ’04, ‘05 and his wife welcomed their first child, Paisley Ho, born on Oct. 22, 2010.


Alan Mok ‘90 lives in Hong Kong and is the founder and managing director of Brooklines Group, specializing in the import and distribution of environmentallyfriendly cleaning and odor control products and solutions to commercial and retail clients. The company also provides consultancy services in corporate sustainability program development.

Michelyn Siple ’98 and her husband Dar Dowlatshahi ‘97, ‘03 welcomed the arrival of their second child, Eric Naveed Siple Dowlatshahi, on Aug. 15, 2010. He is much loved by big brother Sammy Houshang. Dowlatshahi is a stroke neurologist and assistant professor of medicine at the Ottawa Hospital/University of Ottawa. Siple will return to marketing and advertising with the Department of National Defence in September 2011.  Heidi Hartmann ’99 has started Fun Ontario (www.funontario. com), an online service for those living in Ontario that highlights interesting events and day tripping ideas each week. Hartmann is an independent communications consultant working from home as a “mom-preneur.”

Brian Martin ’89 was appointed as senior vice-president, sales and marketing with Canada Cartage Systems Inc., in Mississauga.


Fred Nieuwenhuis ‘98 and wife Evelyn welcomed their fourth child and second daughter, Arwen Joy, on July 23, 2010.

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Celebrated baseball star Fergie Jenkins ’04 (honorary) is featured on a new commemorative stamp from Canada Post honouring both Jenkins and Black History Month in Canada. The stamp was released in February 2011.


Edward Nolan ’04 was called to the Bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada in the spring of 2010 and has joined in the practice of law with Fyshe, McMahon, LLP in Hamilton. His area of concentration is in union-side labour and employment law. Nolan continues to engage in community activism, a skill he nurtured at McMaster while writing for The Silhouette. Erin Callery ’05 married Andre Solecki on Oct. 31, 2009. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 2010 and began work as a lawyer with the law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP in Ottawa in August 2010. Pete van Hengstum ’05, ‘08 completed his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at McMaster, and just finished his PhD at Dalhousie. His research area is underwater caves. His doctorate revealed that underwater caves are preserving a plethora of information about climate and sea-level changes that has never before been explored. Clara Blakelock ’06, ’10 is about to embark on a six-month internship in San Fernando, La Union, Philippines for Sustainable Cities, sponsored by a grant from the Canadian International Development Agency. She will be working with the municipal government of San Fernando on projects related to community-based waste management. She will be keeping a blog while she is there: http:// Daniella Pacenza’06 and Phil Ciapanna ‘06 were married on Dec. 11, 2010 in Stoney Creek, Ont. The couple recently celebrated eight years together after their first date during their sophomore year at McMaster. They are both educators in the Hamilton area.


Abigail Santos ’06 went on a trip down to Argentina in late fall to be a contestant on the first season of the forthcoming TVtropolis program Wipeout Canada. Santos is featured in Episode 13, which will air this spring. Back in Canada, she is now working as the marketing and admissions coordinator for the Ontario Dental Education Institute in Ancaster. Jeremiah Brown ’07 moved to Victoria, B.C. after graduation. He started learning how to row, inspired by the men’s eight gold medal performance at the Beijing Olympics. He came in second place at the last national championship in the men’s heavyweight single scull, which earned him a spot on the national team. Brown has been training full time on the national team since Jan. 1, 2011 in preparation for the 2012 Olympics in London. He is eager to meet fellow alumni for partnership opportunities that would allow him to cover his cost of living while training full-time for the Olympics. Vanessa Vega ‘07 and Marc Dougan ‘07 were married Aug. 20, 2010 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. They met the second day of welcome week in their first year. Vega has returned to McMaster and is in her final year of the physiotherapy program.

2010s Armeen Khan ‘10 and Fahim Ahmed ‘07 were married on Jan. 6, 2011 in Bangladesh. Yaser Jafar ’10 is a technical sales representative with Texas Instruments in Toronto. Khurram Usman Naveed ’10 recently joined Husky Injection Molding Systems in Bolton, Ont. as a manufacturing technician. Mark Reinders ’10 is working for Bermingham Foundation Solutions, based in Hamilton. He and Nicole MacDonald ’09 are planning their August 2011 wedding.

McMaster midwives lend a helping hand in Haiti They travelled to Haiti intending to share their expertise, but McMaster midwifery graduates Tonya MacDonald ‘04 and Karen Hayhoe ‘09 ended up just as much students as teachers. “We showed them how we do things,” says MacDonald, who trained local midwives and birthing assistants to use fetal heart monitors and other electronic devices, “but they also showed us how they do things.” She recalls a hot, sluggish afternoon at the local centre where she was stationed: a light-hearted banter struck up between the foreign volunteers and the Haitian midwives over birthing positions. To avoid the delay of using a translator, the women took to acting out more and more animated – and vocal – displays of being in labour. It may have been unconventional, but it was an effective way to share useful experiences. MacDonald tells the story with an ear-to-ear smile. “These are high energy people committed to women.” MacDonald was placed in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince, which mostly consisted of a makeshift tent city. Stationed three hours away in Hinch, Hayhoe worked at one of the few rural facilities equipped to do caesarean sections, where women in labour would arrive on donkeys, home-made stretchers, or in wheelbarrows. Arriving for the first time, Hayhoe was horrified by the conditions at the centre. The beds, arranged like a dormitory in one open room, had no curtains or privacy. A basin was placed at the foot of each bed for waste. The obstetricians would not operate until a woman’s family had paid for the necessary antibiotics, with sometimes fatal consequences. Reflecting on her experience, Hayhoe could only conclude that “women in Haiti are the toughest, most resilient you’ll meet.” In addition to working at the birthing centre, Hayhoe acted as a guest lecturer at the centre’s midwifery school. There, she trained the students on neonatal resuscitation, a simple, low-tech procedure that was not yet being taught at the school. “Before, babies who didn’t cry when they were born would be left to die,” she says. “A lot of babies were saved that wouldn’t have been.” The two women express enthusiastic admiration for the high energy and skillful hard work of Haitian women in the face of terrible poverty and unhygienic conditions. “I don’t want it to come across that I came with my superior North American skills,” says Hayhoe. “They are very skilled midwives. I left totally impressed with the women of Haiti.” Both MacDonald and Hayhoe practice in Hamilton, and both hope to return to Haiti in the future.


John Panabaker receives Distinguished Service Award

The McMaster Alumni Association has selected John Panabaker ‘50, ’54 & ‘81 (honorary) for the Distinguished Service Award in appreciation for his ongoing involvement with McMaster. “I am honoured and pleased and very surprised,” says Panabaker. “McMaster is such a wonderful institution.” While attending to his successful career at Mutual Life of Canada that led to appointments as president and chairman of the board, Panabaker has made significant contributions to the University. He was an alumni representative on the Board of Governors for 12 years, serving as chairman from 1978-80. He served as chancellor from 1986-92. After his retirement from Mutual Life in 1989, he became chair of the McMaster Museum of Art’s administrative board. He remains an honorary governor and chancellor emeritus. The smaller student body in Panabaker’s undergraduate days has meant lasting friendships. Members of his graduating class in honours economics have gathered annually for 61 years, and this year’s reunion will be hosted by Panabaker and his wife, Janet. When Panabaker began his studies at McMaster in 1946, there were only a few buildings on campus, many students were Second World War veterans, and there was only one female student in his program. He marvels at the size and diversity of today’s student body and says that the “increase in the quality and breadth in scholarship and research capacity at McMaster has been remarkable.” But despite the many extra buildings that now fill the campus and the evolution of the student body, his sense of the old McMaster remains. “When I go back to the campus, I can still find the McMaster that I knew,” he says.

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In 2012, McMaster University will celebrate its 125th anniversary. As part of the celebrations of this milestone, the McMaster Alumni Association, together with Harris Connect, will be producing a special 125th anniversary edition Alumni Directory. The directory will contain a variety of information of all alumni who choose to participate. Whether you are trying to reconnect with an old friend, or simply looking for an easy way to network, the Directory is a great way to make connections. We encourage you to participate. Beginning this spring, you will receive postcards or emails asking to confirm your contact and career information as well as submit your photos and stories. The Directory will be available exclusively to McMaster alumni and there is no obligation to purchase. For more information visit and select Alumni Directory under the Services and Benefits tab; or contact the Office of Alumni Advancement at 905-525-9140 ext. 27255. Thank you for participating!


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Join us as we set off on an exciting set of adventures! ■ Journey to India ■ Ireland, A Literary Expedition ■ Stratford Shakespearean Seminar Series ■ Iceland, Land of Fire and Ice ■ Paris and The Villages & Vineyards ■ Waterways of Russia ■ Spain, Andalucia ■ Island Life in Greece and Turkey ■ Grand Journey Around the World Discover your adventure. Tel: 905.525.9140 ext. 24882 Toll-free: 1-888-217-6003 Email:

free enquiry, and theatre as it should be - a company of actors, directors, designers and musicians to bring to performance the full range of human experience and imagination available in the literature of theatre. Stratford’s actors tell us again and again that they know immediately when the McMaster group is in the theatre: that is their most desirable audience. Here is an observation of Seana McKenna, renowned artist, who plays Richard III this year (yes, really): “Applause at the end of a performance comes from an entity called “Audience.” But at the seminars, I hear the individual responses. Made distinct are the quiet chuckle, the muffled disapproval, the baffled jaw-drop. I am reminded of the eternal subjectivity of the theatre.” In this 2011 season we have four Shakespeare plays – Titus Andronicus, Richard III, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Twelfth Night: such a rich selection of his infinite variety. John Steinbeck’s epic, The Grapes of Wrath, adapted for the stage, will see its first Stratford production as will the rock opera,

Jesus Christ Superstar. Camelot, last staged at Stratford in 1997, is the other musical theatre attraction. Finally, and by no means least, John Mighton’s ‘82 The Little Years will be mounted at Stratford. Many alumni know of John’s work in one or another of his fields of expertise. A McMaster graduate in philosophy, he is twice the winner of the Governor General’s Award for Drama – among other honours and recognitions, including the Order of Canada – and the founder of a revolutionary math program for children. His stage works, especially Scientific Americans (1987), Possible Worlds (1988) and A Short History of Night (1989), have established him as a leading figure in the Canadian theatre world. He is professor of mathematics at the University of Toronto. I need hardly say how much our seminar is looking forward to this production and our conversation with him. Graham Roebuck ‘66 Academic Director, McMaster Stratford Seminars. For more information:

MAA Alumni Association Annual General Meeting Come out and meet your Alumni Association Board of Directors at the annual general meeting, Saturday, June 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Marketplace, McMaster University Student Centre.

Student Send-Off Sending a student off to McMaster this fall? We may be coming to your hometown as we host our “Mission to Mac” student sendoff events in more than a dozen cities this summer! We love to welcome our incoming students before they arrive on campus with great tips and the inside scoop from a student perspective. Contact for details

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Do you know about McMaster’s long-standing relationship – love affair – with the Stratford Festival? For 52 Festival seasons, without interruption, the Seminar Series, initiated by Berners Jackson ‘39, professor of English and noted Shakespeare scholar, has provided a special environment for lovers of live theatre. We gather each July in Stratford for a convivial and collegial week of theatre-going, informed, animated conversation, meetings and discussions with the leading members of the theatrical world and international scholars at the forefront of their disciplines. Members of the seminars are drawn from an amazing variety of backgrounds, geographical locations, and institutions, around the globe. No other program has so widely propagated McMaster’s reputation for scholarship and learning in the arts and humanities. We are proud of it, as is Stratford – this is reciprocal. The late great director Michael Langham ‘62, central to this enterprise at its outset, intended to bring the best of academic discourse and the best of theatre together to create a university experience as it should be – a space for

IN MEMORIAM Elizabeth (Harrison) Adamson ‘41 died in Toronto on Oct. 1, 2010. John Anderson ‘54 died in June 2010 near his home in Dundee, Scotland. He was 79. John Bagshaw ’48 died on July 6, 2010, his 85th birthday. He was a graduate from McMaster’s Faculty of Science. His wife Barbara, who died in May 2001, was a fellow McMaster student. His three daughters also graduated from McMaster.


Georges Beaudoin ’63 died on July 24, 2010 after a long battle with leukemia. Carolyn Bernice Attridge ’59 died on Dec. 21, 2010 in Victoria, B.C. She was a nurse, an educator, and a researcher in nursing policy. Ed Buffett ‘06 (honorary) died on March 5, 2011 at the age of 68. He was the founder of Buffet Taylor and Associates and served on and chaired McMaster’s Board of Governors. He established scholarships for medical students at the University and created the Buffett Taylor Chair in Breast Cancer Research. Lenore Burton ’69 died in Ottawa on Sept. 8, 2010. She was a graduate of the Faculty of Humanities. Brenda Daniels ‘84 died Sept. 29, 2010. She was a Faculty of Social Sciences graduate. Marvin D. Eisthen ’64 died on Feb. 11, 2011 at his home in McKinney, Texas. He worked for Procter & Gamble, Borg-Warner and Imperial Oil in Canada before immigrating to the United States in 1978. Derek Firth ’83 died Aug. 26, 2010. He was active as a volunteer at Westfield Heritage Village and could be found every Sunday and holidays at the train station. He


was a popular subject for photographers, as he well personified a station master of a bygone era – and he would undoubtedly be smoking his pipe. Mary (Jessie Evel) Gastle ‘46 died on Sept. 11, 2010. She earned her degree in Arts and Science.

education in economics and accounting led to a lifelong fascination with numbers and financial matters, and was the basis for a long and rewarding career in CIBC’s investment division.

Audrey Gleave ’66 died Jan. 31, 2010 in Lynden, Ont. A retired science teacher, she was wellrespected by her students and will be sadly missed by her many friends.

Bryan Meener ’91 died on Dec. 18, 2010. He attended McMaster for his B.A (Psychology). Meener taught at elementary schools in Hamilton and served as minister to the West Toronto, Bayview, Fennell and Omagh Churches of Christ. He leaves his wife Susan and children Rachel, Hilary, and Nathanael.

Lynne Haist ‘63 died on Aug. 21, 2010 with great dignity after a long struggle with cancer.

William Montgomery ’45 died Feb. 13, 2011. He lived in Stoney Creek, Ont.

Frederick Arthur Hoyle ’50 died on Jan. 14, 2011. Hoyle was an employee of the Steel Company of Canada for more than 35 years, retiring in 1987 as vice president of primary operations. He served his country overseas during the Second World War as a spit fire pilot with the RCAF (#43 Squadron). He leaves behind daughter Bonnie and son Jim.

Bill Muir ’56, ‘07 died Oct. 24, 2010. He was former president of the McMaster University Alumni Association and McMaster Alumni Fund. He graduated in June 2007 at age 72 with a B.A. (History), 51 years after his first B.A. (Economics & Commerce), much to the delight of his 11 grandchildren. Muir leaves his wife Joyce and children Erin, Billy, Teri and Rob.

Diana Knight ’60, ’90, ’96 & ‘05 died on Nov. 8, 2010. She was 65. Aranka Kovacs ’55 died Oct. 4th, 2010, at the age of 84. She taught economics at McGill University and then at the University of Windsor until she retired in 1991. David Henry Lowden ’55 diedFeb. 14, 2011. He lived in Lynden, Ont. R. Douglas MacDonald ’61, ‘63 died Aug. 19, 2010. He earned both his bachelor and master degrees in the Faculty of Humanities. Peter MacGibbon ’47 died in Ottawa on Nov. 27, 2010 at the age of 86. Wray Matthews ‘45 died on July 29, 2010 at the age of 88. His

Erle Frederick Neff ‘56, died on Aug. 4, 2010. He was actively involved with The Silhouette while a student at McMaster. Ivan Notter ’54 died on Dec. 19, 2009 at the age of 96. H. Fred Olds ’47 died on Sept. 14, 2010 after a brief illness, He was the beloved husband of 29 years to Margaret Suzanne (Faulkner) and of 28 years to the late Peggy Milne. He was the loving father of Janet, Jim, Brian and John and grandfather of Daniel and Alexandra. Lee Anne Rice ’67 died on May 2, 2010 in London, Ont. after a long illness, bravely borne. She is survived by her two sons, Scott and Darrell.

Daniel Robinson ’60 died of pancreatic cancer in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, on Oct. 18, 2010. A specialist in the energy sector, he served as a senior official with both the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. He had a great enthusiasm for Latin American history and culture. Madelyn Ella McLeish Ruddell ’88 died Oct. 16, 2010. A graduate in sociology and gerontology, she was employed by the VON for 22 years. A past president of the Board of Volunteers and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Civic Hospitals, Ruddell was also a docent with the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Joseph Robert Thompson ‘52 died in Niagara Falls on Aug. 10, 2010. He worked for the Niagara South Board of Education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of education in Niagara Falls, Thorold, and Welland. Thomas Waller ’51 died March 19, 2011. He played trumpet in the 1950s with big swing bands, backing popular entertainers like Ella Fitzgerald. He was a longtime volunteer on the Friends of McMaster Board. He lived in Tustin, California with his wife Norma. Sydney Thomas Wiles ’51,’52 died Dec. 27, 2008 in Mississauga in his 80th year. Barbara Elizabeth (Marshall) Yarwood ‘72 died Oct. 1, 2010 in Devon, England. She had a host of friends on both sides of the Atlantic and will be sorely missed by all. She leaves her daughter Celia, 16, in England and was predeceased in 1997 by her husband, Dr. John Yarwood.

Joanna (King) Emery ’89 wrote Bizarre Canada (Blue Bike Books, Lonepine Publishing, 2010), described as “a weird and wonderful look at quirky Canada.” Norma C. Lang ’48, professor emerita of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, authored Group Work Practice to Advance Social Competence (Columbia University Press, 2010). Farzana Doctor ’90 wrote Six Metres of Pavement (The Dundurn Group, 2011) and will be reading from the novel for the McMaster Alumni Book Club at Alumni House (formerly President’s Residence) on April 28, 2011 at 7 p.m. For information, go to http://www.

Anne Beattie-Stokes ‘71 published a book entitled A Heart of Wisdom: Inspiration and Instruction for Conscious Elderhood, which is available from Amazon or the author at James A. Anderson ’72 wrote Deadline (, 2010), a Canadian thriller that combines murder, action and romance with a glimpse into the world of a big city newspaper. Anderson started his journalism career as a reporter on The Silhouette and as news director at McMaster’s radio station. Charles Davies ’61 released a new book, The Education Game – Unchallenged Minds (Morgan-Davies Publishing, 2010). Yuval Bar-Or ‘90 recently published his third book, Play to Prosper: The Small Investor’s Survival Guide (The Light Brigade Corp, 2010), designed to help investors take control of their investments in today’s complex and often volatile market. John Sellors ’72, ‘84 co-authored a book on colposcopy titled Colposcopy and Treatment of Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia: A Beginner’s Manual (WHO and IARC Press, 2010). Audie (Tatti) McCarthy ’74 wrote her second book, Networking Edge – Building Relationships for Success (2009), a collection of networking tips and stories.

Catherine Graham ’88 published her fourth poetry collection, Winterkill (Insomniac Press, 2010). Jim (Demetris) Georgiades ’96 recently published his first book, Deciphering the Cypriot, by Lambert Academic Publishers. Jane George ’88 wrote Playing with the Angels (Purple Scarf Press), a book that gives grieving kids somewhere to turn when their world is falling apart. George is executive director of Hamilton-based Wellwood, a centre providing supportive care for people affected by cancer. Judy Bradt ‘84, CEO of Summit Insight, published her first book, Government Contracts Made Easier. Dave Kattenburg ’75, ‘81 is a journalist who has published a novel that sheds light on the unknown and forgotten crimes of Cambodia’s Pol Pot regime, Foxy Lady: Truth, Memory & the Death of Western Yachtsmen in Democratic Kampuchea (The Key Publishing House, 2010). It is available through www. William H Jones ’54, ’01 published three books in 2010: On the Planting of Churches; Faith Seekers, Faith Finders; and Jewish Ritual Washing and Christian Baptism. Martha Gulati ’91 co-authored a book, Saving Women’s Hearts: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with Natural and Conventional Strategies (Wiley, 2011). Frank Cosentino ’67 wrote Hockey Gods at the Summit (General Store Publishing House, 2011), a story based on the iconic 1972 Canada-Soviet hockey series. Cosentino is a renowned CFL quarterback who has previously written several books on the history of sport in Canada. Don Woods ‘07 (honorary) and his wife, Diane, wrote The Mills of Waterdown: The growth of an Ontario Village, 1790 to 1915 (Waterdown-East Flamborough Heritage Society, 2010), featuring family stories, genealogical glimpses and more than 250 maps, photos, and coloured sketches.



Owen Neill ’49 published his first novel – at age 83. Voices in Sherwood (TrabairniTreeline Press, 2010) is an adventure story about a teenage Robin Hood. Neill has previously published 14 books of poetry.

Eugene Fytch ’69 published a new edition of 400 Years of Log Fences, available from him at

HELPING HANDS by Ted Flett ‘00

With summer approaching, new graduates and returning students alike turn to the timehonoured task of finding a job. McMaster’s young job-seekers have an excellent resource to tap: our strong network of alumni. As Ted Flett ‘00 found when he hired a McMaster grad, the learning experience was as meaningful for him as it was for his new employee.

JD Howell

Erin O’Neil ‘08 (above) now works in the Office of Public Relations in University Advancement at McMaster. She worked at VisitBritain as a communications intern for a four-month term.


A Royal Wedding. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The London 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. I knew in the fall of 2010 as I stared at the daunting timeline of events before me that I needed help. As VisitBritain’s new public relations and communications manager for Canada responsible for inspiring Canadians to explore Britain, my task was to build and activate a PR and marketing plan to leverage this spectacular lineup. Enter intern Erin O’Neil ‘08, a McMaster University Arts & Science and Mohawk College public relations program grad. I knew about interns because I’d been one while I was a student and a new graduate. As a liaison officer for Mac, I got my first taste of marketing and issues management pitching Mac to high school students during the anticipated “double cohort” when Ontario’s OAC/ Grade 13 was phased out. While interning at the City of Hamilton’s corporate communications department preamalgamation, I helped launch the region’s new website. At the city’s tourism department, I edited a daily newsletter for the 2000 International Children’s Games and produced the city’s first meetings and conventions guide meeting/event planners. I had gained a lot of job experience and I expected the same benefits would serve Erin. But days into the internship, I realized the learning was reciprocal. I discovered my potential to work dynamically as a team member, even in our little duo. My journalism background has ingrained the five Ws (who, what, when, where, why) in my approach to writing, project management and problem solving. But Erin’s energy and inquiry approach really demonstrated to me the importance of “why.” From the launch of an online media centre to crafting various film crews’ itineraries, her questions pointed to multiple solutions and eventually to better ones. Through our collaboration, my creative problem-solving techniques improved. Hosting a Mac grad intern injected a unique vitality in VisitBritain’s Canadian PR and marketing program.

Let McMaster continue to be part of your life The McMaster Alumni Association is pleased to offer a wide range of services and benefits to our alumni. Whether you are just starting your career or are enjoying retirement, your alumni status entitles you to some of the great programs offered by our affinity partners! Best of all, alumni get a great deal while supporting the Alumni Association at the same time! TD Insurance Meloche Monnex – home & auto insurance Manulife Financial – term life, disability, major accident protection, critical illness and health & dental insurance BMO Bank of Montreal – BMO McMaster MasterCard Careego Active Career Management – wide range of online career services Alumni Travel Program – exclusive trips for alumni & friends Alumni Clothing – wear your pride on your sleeve with great running suits and performance shirts McMaster Library – access McMaster’s libraries and borrow books for free Preferred membership rates – for dining at the University Club and working out at the David Braley Athletic Centre & the Pulse Milestones – share some of your exciting news and receive a great little gift with our congratulations

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Reminisce and celebrate the good old days Alumni Weekend June 2-4, 2011 FRIDAY, JUNE 3 McMaster Military Service Reunion UNTD, COTC, URTP, UATC, ROTP If you were a member of one of these McMaster groups, please contact Jenny Thomson at 1-888-217-6003.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4 Reunions Happy Anniversary to the Classes of 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961 & 1966! For details about these reunion celebrations, visit or contact Jenny Thomson at 1-888-217-6003. Engineering Reunions 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 & 2001 DeGroote School of Business MBA Class Reunions 1986, 1991 & 1996 President’s Brunch 10:00 a.m. Reception featuring the music of Howard Fong ’10 and Ye Yuan 10:30 a.m. President’s Brunch in CIBC Hall, Third Floor, McMaster University Student Centre Dr. Patrick Deane welcomes the Class of 1961 and earlier graduates to celebrate their alma mater and the anniversary of their graduation.

Alumni Weekend is sponsored in part by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

Half Century Club Luncheon 12:00 p.m. Convocation Hall, Second Floor, University Hall Alumni that have celebrated their 50th anniversary are invited to attend this casual gathering to see fellow classmates and friends from adjacent years. Campus Tours 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Departing from Mills Plaza McMaster Alumni Association Annual General Meeting 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Donaldson Family Marketplace, McMaster University Student Centre Get to know your Alumni Association Board members. All alumni are encouraged to participate in this brief meeting as the 2011/2012 slate of officers are confirmed. President’s Dessert Party 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Donaldson Family Marketplace, McMaster University Student Centre Hosted by Dr. Patrick Deane, everyone is welcome to enjoy some tempting desserts at this annual favourite. For more information visit, email or call 1-888-217-6003.

Spring 2011 McMaster Times  
Spring 2011 McMaster Times  

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